Things to do In Haworth During the Summer Holidays
Haworth is well known to many tourists as the home of the Bronte sisters. While Bronte related sites dominate the areas tourist attractions, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do in this Yorkshire village.
Haworth Railway Station
For many tourists, this is their arrival point in Haworth. The station is part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This is a volunteer run branch line. The station itself is restored to reflect what it looked like at the peak of the railways. There is a gift shop at the station. The railway bridge provides excellent opportunities to take photographs on the trains. Cross over that bridge and up a steep hill to reach Haworth Park.
The park is really well maintained. It provides somewhere for the children to let off steam and is a perfect picnic spot. There are public toilets available in the park.
Haworth Main Street
The main street is cobbled and quite steep. Therefore it may cause difficulty for people with mobility issues. On Main Street, you will find a wide range of shops, pubs, cafes and gift shops. There’s also several second hand shops that offer the odd bargain to collectors. At the top of Main Street you can find the famous Black Bull pub, which was frequented by Branwell Bronte. The parish church is adjacent to the Black Bull and the parsonage a short walk from here. A car park is close to the top of Main Street, but be advised that it is often full. Alternative parking is available nearby, but be aware that you could be subject to parking fines.
Haworth 40’s / 60’s weekends
Haworth has well established themed weekends that are very popular. There’s an annual one themed on the 40’s that features swing bands, lots and lots of uniforms and militaria and street parties. A similar event based on the 60’s also runs. You will need to put these in your diary for 2017 as they take place in May and June – see Haworth Village events page for details.
Haworth parsonage and Bronte Museum
The parsonage is maintained as a replica of how it was at the time when the Brontes lived there. This will be of interest to fans of the Bronte’s work and the site and surrounding area is useful for literary students wanting to understand the context in which the sisters wrote. The museum is reasonably small but has some interesting displays. There is a good gift shop available.
Walks near Haworth
For many Bronte fans, a walk to Top Withens or Bronte falls is a must do. The walks both start close to the parsonage. The walks are through moorland and whilst there are paths, they are moorland paths, not paved ones. Make sure you have a coat, map and ideally go in a group as it is easy to get lost on the moors.
Oxenhope Village is the last stop on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Line. There is a good museum shed at Oxenhope. The village is also known for it’s annual Straw Race.
Oakworth Village is also on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway line and the station is known for it’s part in The Railway Children.